Safety is one of our core values and is integral to the way that the company does business
Safety is a Core Value and the top priority of Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and its parent company Ervia. It is GNI’s goal that our activities and assets shall not cause harm to anyone. To demonstrate our commitment to Safety, Gas Networks Ireland have a documented Safety Policy, signed by our Managing Director which clearly outlines our approach to safety.Safety Policy
An active safety culture
It is our goal that our business activities and assets shall not cause harm to anyone. We invest in the necessary systems, processes and resources to achieve this goal. An active safety culture is continuously promoted in the organisation. Our Company Safety Statement outlines the policy and procedures for the management of the health and safety of employees and others affected by the company’s activities and assets. The Safety Statement is based on national and international best practice guidelines and is reviewed regularly.
Gas Networks Ireland’s Safety Management System is independently certified to the international standard ISO 45001 and compliments the company’s other certified management systems for Environmental (ISO 14001), Quality (ISO 9001), Energy (ISO 50001) and Asset management (ISO 55001).
Safety training and awareness
Advice is provided by an in-house team of qualified safety and occupational health professionals, supported by external specialists. The company has a dedicated training facility to provide health and safety training to Gas Networks Ireland employees. Additional specialist training is provided to staff engaged in safety critical activities.
Communicating our safety culture
Promotion, communication and consultation with staff on safety issues are essential in maintaining and improving the safety culture.
Promotion and awareness activities
Safety awareness is also generated though webcasts, promotional campaigns, a staff safety induction programme, safety noticeboards, safety leadership conversations; formal and informal meetings between line management and employees; and safety presentations and briefings.
Gas Networks Ireland recognises that the measurement of health and safety performance is essential in determining the effectiveness of the existing health and safety management systems and in identifying where improvements are required. Key proactive and reactive health and safety performance indicators have been established and are reported on a regular basis to the Managing Director and in turn, the Ervia CEO and Board. Key safety performance is also communicated to staff on a regular basis.
Gas Networks Ireland also measures the safety performance of its contracting partners. We believe that the safety of personnel working for these organisations is as important as the safety of our own employees and the measurement and reporting of these figures alongside our own reflects this.
Gas Networks Ireland uses the concept of a Safety Triangle to represent its safety performance. At the top of the triangle are the low frequency, high severity accidents; at the bottom are the high frequency, low severity first aid cases, near misses and hazards. It is by reporting and controlling hazards, and by taking action to prevent the recurrence of first aids and near misses at the bottom of the triangle, that we prevent the more serious accidents at the top from occurring.
Gas Networks Ireland recognises that its contractors and suppliers can have a considerable impact on the overall safety performance of the organisation and that, as a client organisation on projects, the company has a key role in influencing the safety of those actually doing the work. Safety is a key consideration during the tendering and selection of contractors and suppliers for high risk works such as construction projects. Gas Networks Ireland takes an active role in the management, supervision, auditing and inspection of work performed by contractors and supports schemes which promote safety amongst contractor employees.